Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mental Health Day...

When I was a little girl, there would be days when my Mom would wake me up and she could just tell that I had had it...I wasn't sick, I didn't have a temperature, she could just tell that I needed a day at home. She would say to me, "why don't you just stay home with me today and rest?". I would look up at her with weepy eyes and answer, "that sounds good mamma". She would make me hot tea and toast and a bed on the couch with the cable box near by (you all remember the cable box, right?). Ever since that time, whenever I need a mental break that is what I crave...a snack, the couch, and the televsion tuned to whatever helps me forget what I am thinking about.

I woke up on Monday and decided it was a stay at home kind of day...I called it a "Mental Health" day in my email to my more than understanding boss and made the most of it. Somehow, the remote landed on "Less Than Zero"...not the best movie for getting rid of the blahs...but I always seem to turn to those 80's stand by movies of my youth when I am looking to get lost somewhere. I felt a twinge of guilt about the luxury of it all...laying around the house all day doing absolutely nothing. The old self talk saying, "Maybe you should have just gone to work"...and..."it's a beautiful day...get out and DO something". Something stronger than myself said that I should just rest and that is what I gave myself permission to do. So, whatever it is you do to rest, or tune out, or un-plug...don't forget to give yourself the gift and the permission to do so. The rest did it's job to restore and life goes on.

Some of my favorite "go to" movies...children of the 80's are you with me! :)

xo - fwb

Sixteen Candles

Clueless (not the 80's but a 90's gem)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Some Kind Of Wonderful

St. Elmo's Fire


Dawn said...

I have enjoyed reading this post. The 80's were the best for a lot of things. I am glad you allowed yourself to rest. What a great mom for letting you stay home. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo. By the way, was that your photo at the flea market or farmers market from a week ago?

Ana Degenaar said...

Loved this pots, watch clueless a few days ago haha

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I'm in such need of a mental health day! Breakfast Club is one I'd add to your list.

lisa said...

Yeah for mental health days! I am a huge proponent of them!!! Glad you got your mental health day in! Much needed & well deserved! : ) Now start looking forward to the next one! lol

Bestie said...

Oh, Some kind of wonderful is my fave! Great post.....and something we all need and need to hear once in awhile!

Anonymous said...

I love this! Mental health days are the best (although I need to get over my guilt about them!) Snuggling up on the couch by myself with some 80s movies sounds just about perfect right now. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is my favorite!

Torrie said...

I am absolutely, unequivocally with you on this.

I've learned that "mental health days" are a total necessity for my well-being =).